Art & Around for the period Dec. 13-22

By | 2007-12-13T09:00:00-05:00 December 13th, 2007|Entertainment|
ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Elegance in Entertaining: Traditions at the Estate” explores the holiday season and its celebrations held at the Ford home (through Jan. 8, 2008; $8); Holiday Dinner & Tour (Dec. 15; $26); and Nutcracker Tea for children (Dec. 14 & 17-18; $12). Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Arab American National Museum Exhibit: “Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East” (through March 30, 2008). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
The Art Museum at MSU Exhibit: “Marion Post Wolcott Photographs” (through Dec. 14). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Through March 30, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Crossroads Village & the Huckleberry Railroad A holiday fantasyland that features thousands of sparkling lights, music, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a Victorian Tea and Michigan’s most spectacular moving light display. Dec. 13-16, 18-23, 26-30. Village only: $9; Village & Train: $10-$12. Flint: 810-736-7100. http://www.geneseecountyparks.org
Detroit Historical Museum New exhibits include: “1920s: Detroit Building Boom” and “Rallying the Home Front: Posters from WWII.” Wed.-Sun. $6 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Now open, the New DIA: More gallery space; more art; more fun, with featured exhibit “Julie Mehretu: City Sitings” (through March 30, 2008). General admission: $8. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Jan. 6, 2008. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Collecting.” Through Dec. 30. Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Greenfield Village Relive the holiday traditions of a bygone era during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village (Dec. 14-16 & 19-23; $15/adult non-members; $10/children non-members). Village open Fri.-Sun (through Dec. 31). $20. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: “Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi,” which highlights the artistic and architectural works by these two creators. Through Jan. 15, 2008. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibit: Words Fail Me,” curated by Matthew Higgs, which sends messages in many different forms through 16 art works by 18 re-known artists from Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Through Jan. 20, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Public Museum Exhibit: “The Supremes Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” which explores the exciting history of Motown records and the Civil Rights movement. Through Jan. 6, 2008. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977. http://www.grmuseum.org
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles. Through March 2008. $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran.” Through Dec. 30. Free. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: Lora Fosberg’s “Dystopia for Daydreamers”; Adrienne Outlaw’s “Fecund Series”; cultural animators The Moving Crew’s “Transfer-Mation” (all through Jan. 18, 2008); and Mary Gaynier’s “No Two Are Alike.” (through March 2, 2008). Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org

ART GALLERIES:

Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551. http://www.amazwi.com
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: “Creativity Camp 2007,” featuring art created by last summer’s Creativity Campers (through Feb. 2008); the life and work of award-winning artist Jean Tracy Amick (through Dec. 31); plus the Gallery Shop features original art from Michigan and regional artists for the holidays (through Dec. 24). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibits: “John Albert Murphy & Students Clay Invitational Holiday Show” (through Dec. 31); plus “Monkey Day,” monkey-inspired art by local artists (Dec. 14 only); and “Trunk Shows Featuring Jewelry and Fiber Artists” (Dec. 21). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibit: Ann Loveland’s and Sharon Sommers’ class exhibition. Through Dec. 16. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: “Detroit Artists Market Annual Holiday Show,” an eclectic mix of handmade items by local artists. Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org
EMU University Art Gallery Exhibit: “Thicker Than Water,” featuring the work of MFA student Gypsy Schindler. Dec. 17-21 in the Student Center. Open Weekdays. Ypsilanti: 734-487-1157. http://www.emich.edu/studentcenter
Focus Hope Gallery Exhibit: “Are We Community: A Linkage Exhibition of Art II,” a thought-provoking exhibit of work created by formerly incarcerated artists presented by the Prison Creative Arts Project. Through Dec. 19. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376. http://www.focushope.edu
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Window Shopping,” a series of highly original holiday installations by five Michigan artists, continues with: Gabe Hillebrand and Andrew Thompson (Dec. 13-22) and Catherine Smith and Thom Bohnert (Dec. 23-Jan. 6, 2008). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Little Things Mean A Lot,” the second annual small works competition. Through Dec. 28. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Blue Indigo,” featuring the work of Donald Anderson. Through Dec. 29. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578. http://www.liberalartsgallery.com
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: “Sleigh Bells & Holly: A Gallery of Fine Art and Gifts.” Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Madonna University Gallery An exhibit that presents the work of three area artists: Josephine Primeau, EE Berger and Theodora Marolla. Through Dec. 21. Free. Livonia: 248-875-7332. http://www.madonna.edu
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Fiber Revolution”. Through Dec. 18. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org
Saper Galleries Exhibit: Michigan Impressions: Oil Paintings by Michael Callihan.” Through Dec. 31. Open Mon.-Sat., plus Sundays through Dec. 23. East Lansing: 517-351-0815. http://www.sapergalleries.com
Sherry Washington Gallery Exhibit: David Fludd’s “New Paintings and Drawings.” Through Dec. 31. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com
Zeitgeist Gallery and Theatre Exhibit: “Hot Cast,” featuring metal castings by six local Foundry Rats. Through Dec. 29. Open Fri.-Sat. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Ring in the holidays with classic and not-so-classic tunes in the annual benefit show “Steppin’ Out V: Civic Does the Season.” Dec. 19 at the Firefly Club’s new location on South Main St. $15-$25. Ann Arbor: 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Chamber Music Society of Detroit The Opus 9 Series continues with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with Kirsten Johnson, viola. Dec. 15 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills. $43-$75. 248-855-6070. http://www.comehearcmsd.org
Clarkston Community Band “Christmas in Clarkston,” a noontime family fun concert. Dec. 15 at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarkston. Free. 248-625-8223. http://www.clarkstonband.org
Collingwood Arts Center “Merry TubaChristmas 2007” features tuba and euphonium players of all ages who gather and pay respect to the great teachers and artists who represent their heritage. Dec. 22 at CAC’s Lois M. Nelson Theatre. Free. Toledo: 419-244-2787. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings The Holiday Brass concerts will be joined this year by the choirs of Grosse Pointe South and Bloomfield Hills Andover High Schools. Dec. 16 at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. $35-$40. 248-559-2095. http://www.detroitchamberwinds.org
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 13-16; $19-$71); “A Charlie Brown Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut” (Dec. 21; 10-$27); and “The Night Before Christmas,” the National City Young People’s Concert (Dec. 22; $19-$50). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Detroit Together Men’s Chorus “Thanks for the Memories,” the group’s 25th annual holiday concert. Dec. 15 at Berkley High School, Berkley. $15-$18. 248-544-3872. http://www.dtmc.org
Farmington Community Chorus The new Farmington Hills Youth Choir will present a special “Family and Friends Concert” to introduce the group to the community (Dec. 12 at Costick Center; free); then the annual Holiday Concert will feature the official debut of the Youth Choir (Dec. 14-15 at Mercy High School Auditorium; $12-$15). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1859.
Flint Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops,” a warm and festive musical celebration, features local choral groups and students. Dec. 15-16 at The Whiting. $10-$29. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.com
Ford Comerica Global Thursdays A weekly series of world music concerts continues with International Holiday Marketplace & Fashion Show (Dec. 13). $10-$12. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Franke Center for the Arts Ring in the holiday cheer with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a weekend of festive fun and fabulous music featuring the area’s most talented performers. Dec. 14-16. $15. Marshall: 269-781-0001. http://www.frankecenterforthearts.org
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Celebrate the season with “Holiday Pops.” Dec. 16 at Wharton Center, East Lansing. $10-$30. 517-487-5001. http://www.lansingsymphony.org
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Enjoy the sounds of the holidays with the Mantovani Orchestra & Chorus. Dec. 16. $35-$45. Clinton Township: 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
Plymouth Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” is a new yuletide tradition in downtown Plymouth. Dec. 20 at the Penn Theatre. $25. Plymouth: 734-451-2112. http://www.plymouthcantonsymphony.org
Rackham Symphony Choir The annual “Too Hot To Handel” returns, melding gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues with the help of an all-star ensemble of Detroit Jazz legends. Dec. 22 at the fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit. $18-$78. 248-433-1515. http://www.rackhamchoir.org
Tecumseh Center for the Arts TCA Big Band combines a holiday concert with a food drive for the local food bank. Dec. 15. Tecumseh: 517-423-6617. http://www.thetca.org
Wharton Center The Kenny G “Holiday Tour 2007.” Dec. 19 in Cobb Great Hall. $28-$48. East Lansing: 800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Woodside Church Woodside’s Jazz Vespers is a coffee-house style worship service focused on “Listening to the Sounds of Christmas,” featuring Woodside friends. Dec. 21. Flint: 810-767-4911. http://www.woodsidechurch.net

FILM & VIDEO:

Collingwood Arts Center The Vintage Movie Series continues with “The Inspector General.” Dec. 23. $5. Toledo: 800-838-3006. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America’s most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts. $7.50. Detroit: 313-833-3237. http://www.dia.org/dft
FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50); plus the free Holiday Classic Film Series presents three films from the 1940s, and a favorite from the 1990s. Every Sunday at 4 p.m. through Dec. 23. Ann Arbor: 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Main Art Theatre. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. Detroit: 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

EchoVerse Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 734-662-7407.
UICA Writers’ Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org

FUNDRAISERS & NEWS:

ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM – has released “Telling Our Story: The Arab American National Museum,” a new book that recounts the five-year odyssey that led to the 2005 opening of the first-ever Aram American museum, 313-582-2266; CITY OF FARMINGTON HILLS – presents “Holiday Ballroom Extravaganza,” a benefit to raise funds for Farmington Hills Meals on Wheels, Dec. 21, 248-473-1830; EISENHOWER DANCE ENSEMBLE – is moving to a larger facility closer to downtown Rochester, with an Open house planned for Jan. 12 and new classes beginning in January, 248-852-5850; FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS – was honored with the Arts/Cultural Organization Award at last month’s 2007 Governor’s Awards for Arts & Culture.

EDITOR’S PICK:
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and the Firefly Club present a benefit show, “Steppin’ Out V: Civic Does the Season” on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Firefly Club, 637 S. Main St., two blocks south of downtown Ann Arbor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
“Civic Does the Season” rings in the holidays with classic and not-so classic tunes, including favorites from “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A2CT’s finest performers will be on hand as well as guest performers with a special multi-song preview of A2CT’s upcoming production of “Bat Boy: The Musical.”
Tickets are $15 each for general admission and $25 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the A2CT’s box office, 322 W. Ann St., by calling the office at 734-971-2228, or at the door of the Firefly before each performance.
Donald V. Calamia

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